Last June, Indianapolis (IN) OG Timothy Gardner committed to Ohio State, or at least he thought he did. It turns out there was some miscommunication between Timothy and the staff and he did not have an offer at the time. The coaches asked Gardner to shed 30 pounds and if he achieved that goal, they would offer him a scholarship. He achieved that goal by the end of July. He was offered at Ohio State's "Friday Night Lights" camp and he committed on the spot. Today he signed his national letter of intent and officially became a Buckeye. I caught up with him to talk about what it meant to become a Buckeye and more:
- Officially a Buckeye: "It's a great feeling to be going to Ohio State. It's something I have always dreamed of and my dream came true."
- Why he wanted to play for OSU: "Well I just took everything into consideration. I just felt at home and it was the best fit for me."
- Preparing for college: "I'm just getting myself physically and mentally prepared for when I enroll in June."
- Coaches: "I talk to Coach Warinner two to three times a week. I also talk to Coach Coombs and Coach Meyer."
- Playing offensive guard at the college level.
- Future teammates: "I love all of them. We all talk a lot."
- Favorite recruiting memory: "I really liked the official visit. They fed us well (laughs).
- Goals: "To graduate college, to get better as a person, and improve on the football field."